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The Cortland County Health Department has been informed by Wadsworth Lab that the deer reported in McGraw has tested negative for rabies. Other tests may be on-going and we will report any results as received.
The Health Department would like to take this opportunity to remind residents of the hazards of handling wildlife exhibiting erratic behavior.
Rabies is most often seen among wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes, but any mammal can be infected with rabies
The first sign of rabies is usually a change in an animal’s behavior. It may become unusually aggressive or tame. The animal may lose its fear of people and natural enemies. A wild animal may appear affectionate and friendly. It may become excited or irritable and attack anything in its path. Staggering, convulsions, choking, frothing at the mouth and paralysis are sometimes seen. Many animals will make very unusual sounds. Infected animals usually die within one week after showing signs of rabies
Important Rabies Information: